The birth and death of a baby panda in Japan has jumped from being a media circus to a minor diplomatic crisis after Ishihara began tying them to the Senkaku Islands and Chinese began insisting the Japanese must have killed it to get back at them.

Japan’s media lavished coverage on the birth of an infant male panda to Ueno Zoo’s Shinshin, prompting what would turn out to be one of the most short-lived panda booms in Japanese history.


Its birth caught the eye of politicians as well as the press – none other than Tokyo’s dear leader Shintaro Ishihara caused a minor spat by failing to buy into the cult of panda adulation, saying “I’m not interested in that stuff at all. We’ll probably just have to return it to China in 2 years anyway.”

He also attempted to further bait China by saying “they should call it Sensen or Kakukaku,” referring to the disputed islands he is buying, and after its birth quipped that “call it Senkaku and then they can be happy when we return it.”

China’s foreign ministry was not amused and shot back that “whatever Japan chooses to call the panda it remains Chinese property, just like those islands.”

However, Shinshin soon abandoned her infant and took to munching bamboo, leaving zoo staff with an orphan panda which they attempted to nurture in an incubator.

Most mainstream media was at pains to avoid presenting the mother’s defective maternal instincts as anything less than exemplary panda parenting, instead reporting the zoo’s explanation that she was stressed and that they would try reintroducing the baby panda to her later.

However, it succumbed to “pneumonia” soon afterwards anyway – not a huge surprise, as as many as 70% of infant pandas expire within a week of their birth.

The infant panda’s death was announced tearfully by the zoo’s boss, and reported as national news throughout Japan.

Even amongst Japanese, there has been some disquiet about how the panda was reared – it emerged that whilst in an incubator the creature was not monitored continuously, although the instructions of the panda’s Chinese minders (all such pandas are only loaned out by the Chinese government as diplomatic pawns, for exorbitant fees and with the proviso that their offspring remain Chinese state property) were apparently followed.

Others have wondered what the point of the whole exercise is if they are obliged to return the baby pandas they breed to China after 2 years anyway.

Amongst Chinese however, the panda’s death was immediately the subject of  conspiracy theories alleging Japan had deliberately killed it, with 80% of respondents to a poll accompanying one major news story expressing fury at its death.

Suspicion centred on its death somehow being connected to Ishihara’s remarks – “Those wretched little Japs killed it…” [“Japs” in this case substituting for the slur “小日本”], “Japan’s dirty tricks extend even to our national treasures. This is an outrage!” and of course “Kill those dirty little Japs!”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    14:53 12/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "with 80% of respondents to a poll accompanying one major news story expressing fury at its death"

    I'd sure like to see a source on that. No chinese I know cares a single fuck for the pandas - ishihara on the other hand definitely's gonna get whats coming for him though.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:00 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Of course they don't give a fuck about the Panda's.

    The Chinese just want to use this incident as an excuse so that they can continue their typical hatred towards the Japanese.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It isn't like the Chinese don't have a good reason to hate the Japanese, at least the Germans on the whole understand and accept their part in genocide...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:37 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    That's called living in the past, moron.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:47 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The past makes the present.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:17 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah shit head, don't say something you don't fucking know the truth, fucker~

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:21 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ironically, the same can be said for Sakaku's population toward Chinese...just replace you sentence's Chinese with Sakaku's population, and Japanese with Chinese lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:38 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Hypocrisy and double standards knows no bounds eh? People on this site aren't that far off if not equally the same as the lowest of the low from 2ch or 4ch. Which sadly are the majority.

    Feel sorry for the fair few intellectuals who have to put up with the majority of racists, ignorants and Mary Whitehouse's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    sankaku complex, would never miss the slightest chance to make mroe prejudiced anti-china articles so to create more discrimation and to feel superior by feeling more like a japanese in way of hating chinese or korean

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:41 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I like it this way though :P

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    Comment by Roberta
    02:46 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    sankakucomplex in Nonsense

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:26 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Then why do you come here...? Oh wait. *feeds troll* There you go little fella.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Agreed. I just want to eat them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:46 15/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's a fact that Chinese actually hate pandas, along with all other animals they can exploit and/or eat. They tried hunting the panda to extinction, then decided they could exploit them in an attempt at diplomacy with foreigners who find them cute.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:32 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hope so Ishihara fucks up everything and is just a total dick, he's like Tokyo's hoem bred hitler

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:31 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishithara, what is to be expected from someone who wrote PORNO RAPE NOVELS for years?

    He wants to buy the two islands so he can stick his cock between both like a paper door!

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishitara is the sexiest. He is banning the female right of self-expression and treating her as though she has no rights to dress the way she wants and condemning her natural-given body as an evil entity.

    Old man pig Ishitara the porno rapist writer! Why must the female be forced to be censored! Censor yourselves you double-talker male hypocrites!

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:21 12/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Funny article. they rage at a panda ever so quickly but fail to give a quick response to a dying girl on the street. really, chinese are the weirdest bunch when it comes to morals

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:36 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    Says Chinese people who are selling out these Pandas to the highest bidder for rental. You dont see Australia selling out Koalas for rent just to claim its a Australian product that should be exploited, like the Chinese do. The Chinese shouldnt be accusing other people of lacking morality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:11 12/07/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Pandas aren't being sold out "to the highest bidder". They're a political project for easing national tensions with Japan, much like ping-pong politics with the west. Chinese have actually been going to some lengths over the decades to promote bilateral understanding and respect, with Ishihara recently in the game though things have just been going downhill.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:56 12/07/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Disappointing how pandas were originally rented to japanese zoos as a "token of friendship" (even if in a political way) but are now used to flame hate sentiments.
    It's like decades of working toward peaceful neighboring all went to hell over the islands.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:13 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ishihara stirred up this hornet's nest.

    I hope Japan wakes up and realize what a fool they placed in their offices.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:26 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Well, those "tokens of friendship" cost 1 million dollars a year to rent, even the ones which are born in other countries. So EVERY country pays that rental fee for EVERY panda.

    China having taken control of the territory where Pandas live (after having destroyed most of the rest of the Panda's habitat) is a twisted justification of ownership of all Pandas in the world. Pandas were of no interest to the Chinese (and were hunted by them), and surely would have died out, but the Chinese only took an interest in pandas when they found out they could extort money for them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:06 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    The $1 million actually goes to habitat construction projects and not the government's pocket. Given what goes around here you're probably likely not to believe it, but anyway.

    "China having taken control of the territory where Pandas live (after having destroyed most of the rest of the Panda's habitat) "
    - So China nuked every other country's pandas into extinction until theirs were the only ones left. Okay sure.

    "Chinese only took an interest in pandas when they found out they could extort money for them."
    - Pandas have been raised in "zoos" way before china knew japan even existed. Shouldn't have dropped out on history.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:43 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    1.China can, and does. The 1mil goes a long way in providing adequate funding though. Also I think it's worth pointing out the rental fee is not some form of highway robbery like you claim. You want pandas in your zoos, pay the rent. Nobody's forcing anything.

    2.China's not claiming rights to some species; they just happen to only exist in China. Feel free to grow your own if you like, panda DNA is easily acquired it's not some state secret. Good luck with PETA though.

    3.Guess what, chinese aren't big fans of their state-issue textbooks either. Other hand, though, obviously you don't know enough to ignore some crap of your own.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:51 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And just for the record, china does intend to export pandas to foreign countries in the future. Right now though considering there are only 1,600 something of their population in total, free giveaways aren't something for granted.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:47 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Ya know, just because the Chinese have control of the habitat, doesn't mean they own the whole species. No other country requires an annual bribe to keep an specific species of animal in foreign zoos, even though there are other species who's habitats are only located within other countries borders.

    Proposing to lay claim to to all the species of animals is preposterous, like laying claim to all people of Chinese decent, which china claims to have such authority.

    What twisted justification is chinas demand for payment for pandas born outside of china, when it's those zoo and governments that are paying for the breeding programs within their own countries. The only thing more disgusting than that fact is that China has this extortion scheme, is that no country in the world has yet defied this outrage.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:15 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Obviously you read nothing I wrote, but I'll entertain a reply anyway.

    1.Chinese don't claim to own the species.

    2."No other country requires an annual bribe to keep an specific species of animal in foreign zoos" - Because those specific species of animals are NOT ENDANGERED. Also China's not forcing anyone to pay; in fact, most countries do not even consider renting their endangered animals to overseas zoos.

    3."...laying claim to all people of Chinese decent, which china claims to have such authority" - LOLWAT. So I got missed out?

    4."...chinas demand for payment for pandas born outside of china"
    - Umm... send them back to China?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:21 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    1) Then what justification do they have for receiving payments for all Pandas in foreign zoos?

    2)No other countries require bribes for their animals, even if they are endangered. ONLY CHINA DOES THAT.

    3) Try changing your nationality (to that of another country), then go back to China and if they decided you are some kind of activist, see how they consider you to be a chinese national and throw you in jail to be tortured.

    4) How can you send something back to China that NEVER was in China, such as an animal which was born overseas. Why should the zoos and countries that are able to maintain a successful breeding program (which China is incapable of)pay China, when that zoo did all the work. A better idea would be to keep the panda, and just not pay the bribe.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:21 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So, China cannot afford to pay for habitat construction? Seems like Panda's born overseas don't really benefit the so called habitat construction in China.

    And there is no other country in the world claiming exclusive rights to a species of animal, and then extorting money for them.

    Sorry, I know enough to ignore the history written in an official Chinese text book.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This isn't anything new in politics. Greatest example would be America. America is definitely no saint on this issue. Using events as a catalyst to fuel and direct hate to a country even when there was no problem or care previously. I wonder if any country has ever been saved from ignorant American scrutiny under the guise of morality and other BS. Hell the UK only started scrutinizing America because America screwed over the economy world over. Before we kissed their ass for potential oil in the Middle East.

    The world of politics is like a claymore. Just waiting for someone to trip and then screw them over tenfold. Whether it's hitting them financially, politically, militaristically, with fallacies or damaging reputation. Ishihara had to throw oil and add a few more tyres to the fire.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:15 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The UK was the one who exploded oil in the coast by their faulty owned factories and made a damn mess of things.

    BP Oil! It's still poisonous to swim in the waters near the south or eat fish!

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:22 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    You really haven't been in sankaku for long have you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:17 17/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    You really do sound like a privileged 1st word idiot with little to no idea how much of what you just said applies to non-US nations about a hundred times more than what you imagine applies to US.

    Not many people are saying US is THE example to follow - only that those who accentuate its faults are often much more guilty of the same things a million fold, and thereby making their criticism a very childish excercise in shit talking, with themselves stewing in the low pit of shit hole while attempting to mock someone who happened to step on a slightest strand of shit on their shoes. If that's not something to mock, I don't know what is. They fuck themselves over, we just point out the positive when they foolishly try to hope hysterically bashing others will improve their far worse standing by any stretch of imagination.

    Aside from me replying to you, there isn't a single pro-US nationalism post here. You really sound delusional. Get your ass off the comfortable chair and get some real experience. You have no idea how ignorant you sound right now.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:34 15/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Been on Sankaku long enough to see the obvious decline in intelligence by Anons and users alike. Plus the increase in American Nationalism, White Sumpremecist and Anti-China comments. Sankaku had it's fair share of ignorant morons since this site was made. But every year the number of such morons increase exponentionally...Specifically American ones (obviously since the site is made for Americans/English Speakers.)

    Also I just find American commenters bashing the Japnese for their problem of denial is well...ironic if the commenters and voters are to go by. We already know some Storm Front asshats are regulars of this site as some have proudly stated themselves to be in the past. So it's not like I don't expect uneducated double standard bullshittery from idiots in the comments. Anon 19:29 hit a nerve with a Nationalistic American when his/her criticism of USA which had +0.6 vote drop down to 0 in a short period of time in contrast to how long it stayed at +0.6 (vote manipulation has been going since it's introduction, so nothing new).

    It's just so much facepalm when Americans with no knowledge of what they're on about on this site constantly rip on Chinese, Japanese, Koreans and anyone else not American which further proves the stereotype that Americans are arrogant while being ignorant about everything associated with a topic whilst sitting on a high horse preaching morality to others. Though it's more of a fact that America as a whole loves playing hero of justice and morality to the whole world. The Americans who aren't so arrogants, hypocritical and stupid have it hard it.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Lol you American nationalists. Keep on downvoting comments that critisizes USA a little bit. You guys so easily critisize and berate other countries but when you're on the other end of the stick for shit, you can't take it.

    Face it. You Americans start the most shit stirring more than any other country. You try to police the world, force your laws on other countries, play the morality police and play divide and conquer under the pretense of "liberation". If you can't see your country doing this, then you're just as brainwashed as the nationalist N.Koreans or nationalist Chinese that you so love to bash.

    @02:15, I know our UK ain't some shining example of perfection. More or less UK is a shithole for the past decade. But at least we don't parade ouselves like some saint of pariah of morality and justice like the Americans do. Europe has hardly been that arrogant. Also I believe USA royally screwing over the WORLD economy is much worse than the BP oil spill. Americans downvoting comments that point out USA faults have no right bashing the Japanese on denial since you're just in as much denial yourselves.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    18:57 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The hell you on? Highest bidder? Grasping at straws to hate (even if they aren't there) sure exposes how biased you are. I suggest you, I don't know, research and understand politics a bit more.

    The irony in what you've said just proves that those countries that have accepted the panda's are in the same boat of "immorality". I think someone needs to learn what they preach. Don't go accusing something when you're not that much better at accusing others...

    IF you actually read properly (reading comprehension seems to be really lacking on this site), the Japanese also think it's iffy how the handling of the baby panda was. But y'know turn a blind eye towards a certain Japanese politician being a complete douche about the incident.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:32 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China sits on rabbits and mutilates dogs.

    They have no room to speak!

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:40 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Chinese are scum.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm surprised that it didn't exploded

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:05 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "the mother’s defective maternal instincts"

    Looks like she's learning from Japanese females.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:42 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That sounds like the teen-mothers here in the states...

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:14 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Unlikely, as a Japanese panda would have her womb scrapped clean shortly into the first trimester.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:25 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Chinese angry because it expired before they had a chance to sit on it!

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:36 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    China: those japs are wasting food that baby panda could have been a tasty dumpling!

    Japan: but it was Ishihara who tried to rape it through a locked key hole (he’s penis is that small!)

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:50 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    so the baby panda blew up right?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:26 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Already, this would make for a better storyline than Mists of Pandaria.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:27 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seeing pandas stare at grass growing would be a better storyline than Mists of Pandaria.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:10 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    This panda was cleary a defective by-product of CHINA.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:48 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    pandas don't belong to China. They belong to Tibet, which Chinese invaded and are still occupying.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:24 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    So panda diets consist of temple bricks and snow?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 12/07/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    lol ignorance

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:59 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tibet was, is, and will be always a part of China.

    Deal with it, american scum.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:23 14/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Sure... but please, please take Richard Gere with it. Deal?

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:25 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Funny, the non-chinese speaking, nor culturally unassociated Tibetans see it differently...

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:45 16/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You mean the CIA-funded priest-caste separatists with their holiness the dalai lama at the head preaching "peace and morals" to the world?

    Yeah considering their centuries of priviledged luxury living got royally screwed by Mao, you can bet they see things differently.

    Though I guess if it was America that did the "liberation" ppl would be singing to a different tune.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:21 13/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL so china will always be part of mongolia, and must be under manchu yoke. Don't forget they must pay tribute to their japanese masters who bitch fucked them 1 to 10. Tibetans and Ugyhrs should rape every chink bitch to teach you a lesson in respect.

    Only in china do the conquered people try to convince themselves that their potential murderer is 'their hero', and that he was 'chinese' (gengis khan). That is beyond pathetic. Care to explain why your kind prostrate themselves at the feet of anyone even remotely stronger and try desperately to 'assimilate' when they are clearly superior than you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:50 15/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Take your shit to any uyghur (idiot couldn't even spell that right) in inner mongolia (aka our "conquerors"), and see if you get a pat on the back or a knife in the guts for it.

    Same goes for Tibet. If you can't speak their language just bring a portrait of Mao and try spitting on it in public, we'll see what happens.

    Be glad the chinese you usually talk to are civil enough to laugh off those idiotic fantasies and offensive shit.

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